Mercury is currently retrograde in Pisces (February 23 - March 17) and will station direct conjunct Chiron and Neptune March 17.
The connections are
there. We just have to make them visible.
This is a re-post of an article from November 8, 2012: Proposition 37 Defeated By the Slimmest of Margins Amidst a Massive Advertising Blitz By GMO Corporations
Agriculture-related dwarf planet Ceres stationed retrograde at 3 degrees Cancer
on October 31 within a cardinal Grand Cross with Venus in Libra, Uranus in
Aries, and Pluto in Capricorn.
This configuration brings food and
agriculture issues to prominence, particularly as they relate to increased
corporate globalization (Pluto in Capricorn) and the direction
into biotechnology (Uranus in Aries).
Ceres maintains its strong
influence into mid-2013, forming a cardinal t-square May 5-7 that will still be
within orb during the third Uranus in Aries - Pluto in Capricorn square May 20,
These are high stakes times for the future of food and,
correspondingly, for life on this planet.
And nowhere are those high
stakes more visible than in the realm of natural versus genetically modified
seeds and foods.
The sign of Cancer is related to family and babies and
all things precious. When Ceres is transiting Cancer, the question of what we're
feeding our children and our families becomes an over-riding issue.
People in California had this question in mind on election day as they
voted on a proposition to begin labelling foods containing genetically modified
organisms (GMOs). Proposition 37 - called The California Right to Know
Genetically Engineered Food Act - was defeated November 6 by the slimmest of
margins: 53.7% No to 46.3% Yes.
After early leads, support for the
Proposition softened amidst a massive radio and television blitz of attack
advertising in the weeks leading up to the vote. The mammoth $40 million+
advertising campaign, funded by GM seed corporations and manufacturers of
genetically modified foods, swayed public opinion by claiming Proposition 37
would raise food prices, increase bureaucracy, and trigger lawsuits.
is a group of six mega-corporations - Monsanto, DuPont, BASF, Bayer, Dow, and
Syngenta - currently merging the world's seed supply with their genetically
modified versions. Genetically modified seeds have had their genes altered by
scientists in some way so as to exhibit certain traits.
Five of the six
major GM seed corporations – all but Syngenta - are chemical corporations that
have only more recently gotten into the food business. All five have long
histories of involvement with the military industrial complex, including
chemical and nuclear warfare. The companies currently convincing people that
GMOs are safe to ingest are the manufacturers of Agent Orange, napalm, chlorine
gas, gunpowder, and nuclear weapons, to name but a few.
The "No on 37"
financial donors are a Who's Who of genetic modification, with the Big Six GMO
corporations at the top of the list:
Monsanto ($8.2 million)
Pepsico ($2.1 million)
Grocery Manufacturers Association
DOW Agrisciences ($2 million)
Bayer Cropscience ($2
BASF Plant Science ($2 million)
Syngenta Corporation ($2
Kraft Foods ($1.9 million)
Coca Cola ($1.7 million)
Those and other major donors, including General Mills,
Kellogg's, Del Monte, Campbell's Soup, Heinz Food, Hershey, J.M. Smucker, Ocean
Spray, Hormel, Unilever, Sara Lee, Dean Foods, and Dole, make up most of the
major brands on supermarket shelves in the U.S. and Canada. Source.
All have a huge stake in keeping genetically
modified food products unlabelled so that people continue to buy their products
Even some well-known corporate organic brands supported "No on
37" indirectly via the non-organic parent corporation that owns them financially
supporting the campaign. These include Kashi and Gardenburger, owned by parent
company Kellogg's, Silk and Horizon Organic owned by parent company Dean Foods,
R.W. Knudsen and Santa Cruz Organic owned by parent company Smucker, and Muir
Glen and Cascadian Farm Organic, owned by General Mills. For an extensive list,
Cornucopia Institute graphic.
At the very least, this represents a
conflict of interest. At worst, it indicates brands we expect to be GMO-free
might not be.
Proponents of Prop 37 - which included the Organic
Consumers Association; Whole Foods Market; organic food manufacturers Nature's
Path, Lundberg, Amy's Kitchen, Annie's, Clif Bar, and Nutiva; Dr. Bronner's
Magic Soaps; the California Democratic Party; the Green Party of California; and
various physicians and chefs - could come up with only a fraction of the No side
amount for their own approximately $7 million campaign. (See the graphic above
for an extensive list of Yes side donors.)
The use of media to
manipulate and shape public perception related to agriculture, food policy, and
commodities prices has been a strong theme since a Ceres-Vesta-Jupiter
conjunction on the Gemini South Node in July 2012.
Media saturation by
stories on this summer's heat wave in the U.S. along with the projected corn
shortages made corn futures a hot spot for investors. Saturation by stories this
fall of ecoli in Canadian beef have positioned a foreign corporation to take
over the major beef processing plant in Canada. Now, a massive advertising
campaign has been used to vote down GMO labelling in California.
than 50 countries around the world already have some degree of GMO labelling,
but the United States and Canada, with their bought-and-paid-for governmental
food regulation, have remained label-free zones.
Proposition 37 would
have been a major step in the right direction, getting a foot in the door for
labelling in other states and in Canada. Its passing would have begun to educate
people about the GMOs that have been invisibly and insidiously slipped into
their food, and its defeat is certainly a disappointment. In reality, though,
this Proposition did not strike at the root.
The scope of the issue goes
beyond foods that are knowingly genetically modified or intentionally produced
with genetically modified ingredients.
The larger problem is with foods
that have been unknowingly and unintentionally contaminated. GMO labelling in
California (or anywhere) would, of course, not include those.
is currently no separation of genetically modified crops and non-genetically
modified crops outside the organic system, it must be assumed that non-organic
food products on store shelves - particularly processed foods that include
soybeans, corn, sucrose, or canola - have some level of GMO contamination.
Animals that produce conventional meat, dairy, and eggs are often fed
genetically modified feed.
According to the article "Genetically modified
crops had bumper year in 2011" by Elizabeth Weise of USA Today, the United
States leads the world in genetically modified plantings. Ninety-five percent of
the country's sugar beets, 94% of the soybeans, 90% of the cotton, and 88% of
the corn fed to livestock are currently genetically modified.
addition, the unrestricted commercial cultivation of genetically modified alfalfa approved in the United States in
2011, along with its proposed cultivation in Ontario, Canada, means many natural
and organic foods could soon be a thing of the past unless strong and vocal
public opposition shuts it down.
Alfalfa is one of the bedrocks of
organic and natural farming, and the growth of genetically modified alfalfa
could literally mean the industry's demise. In addition to being used as feed
for livestock, alfalfa is a crop often used by farmers during the three-year
field transition from conventional to organic. Alfalfa also becomes essential in
the crop rotation once a farm is organic because, as a nitrogen-fixer, it
naturally fertilizes the soil.
Alfalfa is a feral, perennial crop that
cross-pollinates freely. With genetically modified alfalfa pollen flying around,
contamination of non-GM alfalfa crops cannot be contained.
"co-existence" policy so touted by GMO corporations, governments, and even Whole
Foods Market is actually impossible.
The sale and growth of genetically
modified alfalfa was stopped by a lawsuit in the United States in 2007, but that
lawsuit was overturned by the Supreme Court in 2010. A compromise that would
have limited the growth of GM alfalfa, potentially protecting organic and non-GM
farmers, was scrapped by the U.S. Department of Agriculture when it announced
approval of unrestricted commercial cultivation in January
Genetically modified alfalfa, developed by Monsanto, has been
altered to withstand its herbicide Roundup.
The results of an unprecedented animal feeding trial published earlier this year
found that lab rats fed genetically modified corn as well as glyphosate residue
- the primary ingredient in Roundup - developed high incidences of tumours,
multiple organ damage, and premature death.
These effects developed even
at exposure levels considered "safe," and they developed from exposure to
either genetically modified corn or glyphosate.
This was the first ever
feeding trial done over the life span of a lab rat - two years. Most tumours
were discovered after the 18-month mark.
Previous testing of genetically
modified foods and glyphosate has been done for no longer than 90 days. In other
words, genetically modified seeds and associated herbicides were rushed onto the
market after 90-day trials, and they have now contaminated much of the food
The position of Ceres in Cancer within cardinal Grand
Cross/t-square with Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn indicates we are
moving through an acute directional point involving intensified moves by
"agrisciences" corporations into the uncharted, technology-based territory of
genetically modified seeds/foods and other synthetic additions like growth
hormones. These are to become "the industry standard."
formations also indicate a crucial necessity to take new, independent, and
somewhat radical directions as individuals and like-minded groups take control
of their own food supplies, making them autonomous and outside the corporate
The primary thing to remember is: it's not too late.
issues may seem overwhelming, but there is still time to protect organic and
non-GM foods. There is still time to stop genetically modified alfalfa before it
spreads, and there is still time to reverse much of the damage done by the GM
The people of tiny San Juan
County in the U.S. state of Washington, for example, just voted to make
their county a GMO-free zone. San Juan County is made up of about 200 islands
off the U.S. Pacific Northwest, and it is now illegal to grow or propagate
genetically modified plants or animals there.
alfalfa has been grown in the United States for only two years.
alfalfa has not been grown in Canada so far, but the battle is heating up with
protests last month by the National Farmers Union drawing
attention to the Canadian Seed Trade Association's proposal to grow it in
Increased public understanding of and opposition to the spread
of genetically modified alfafa is crucially necessary now. As Ceres is strong
during the third Uranus-Pluto square May 20, the 2013 planting and growing
season is pivotal.
However, people also have to take the lead with their
own grocery purchases, implementing their own invisible labelling systems.
Vigilance and smarter shopping decisions are required if people would like to
keep GMOs out of their bodies and the bodies of their family members. People can
use the list of "No on 37" donors to understand which companies have a stake
in genetically modified foods continuing to slip by.
With the increasing
corportization of organics, even many products labelled organic, particularly
processed products, can no longer be trusted.
The influence of Venus in
Libra in the October 31 Grand Cross indicates relationships are key.
to know organic/non-GM farmers in your area. Go to the source. Buying from
reputable organic/non-GM farmers at Farmers Markets and freezing and canning for
the winter remains one of the best options for staying as GMO-free as possible.
Growing some or all of your own organic/non-GM foods is another.
know other people who share your concerns. Find out which groups are actively
fighting the spread of GMOs and give them your support. There is strength (and
sanity) in numbers when coming together with those of like mind.
Canadian Biotechnology Action